How to Speak Essex – 20th Century Voices from the Essex Sound and Video Archive


Examples of accents and dialect from all parts of Essex. These are the authentic voices of Essex people using language and accents now rarely heard.

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The Essex Sound and Video Archive is part of the Essex Record Office. It is a collection of sound recordings and videos covering all aspects of life and culture in Essex. The recordings are collected and preserved at the Essex Record Office in order that they can be used for research and general interest by as many people as possible.

The Essex Sound and Video Archive holds a range of recordings including significant collections of oral history, radio broadcasts, hospital TV, talking newspapers and music.

The majority of the recordings on this CD are amateur recordings made on a variety of equipment; most commonly open reel and cassette tape recorders designed for home use. While we have tried in every case to present a clear and relatively noise-free example of an Essex accent, the sound quality of the recordings does vary and will not necessarily be as good as would be expected of a professional recording.

  1. Song: A Little Bit of Cucumber
  2. North West Essex
  3. North Essex
  4. Song: The Flash Girl
  5. North East Essex
  6. Dunmow, Braintree and Witham
  7. Song: These New Fangl’d Ways
  8. Mid Essex
  9. Dengie
  10. Song: The Faithful Sailor Boy
  11. West Essex
  12. South West Essex
  13. Song: Won’t You Buy My Pretty Flowers
  14. South Essex
  15. South East Essex
  16. Song: The Dark-Eyed Sailor

© 2009 This compilation: Essex Record Office

© 2009 Essex Record Office


Format: Compact Disc

Editor: Martin Astell

Published: Essex Record Office Publications 2009

Barcode : 9780956266439

Language: English


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Essex Record Office

The Essex Record Office is the storehouse of Essex history. We look after documents, maps, images and sound and video recordings that together tell the story of nearly 1,000 years of our county’s past.

To find out more about the Essex Record Office, visit our website

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